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Mahrukh Doctor, Senior Lecturer in Political Economy, University of Hull, presents her research in Montevideo


[Photo: Roundtable on Brazilian Democracy and Elections, panellists from left to right: Daniel Chasquetti (chair, Universidade de la República, Uruguay); Mahrukh Doctor (University of Hull); Fernando Limongi (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil) and Silvana Krause (Brazilian Political Science Association, ABCP).]

It was a real pleasure to attend the Uruguayan Political Science Association (AUCiP) Congress 7-10 October 2014 in Montevideo. The Congress theme was 'What Political Science for What Democracy?'. It had a packed schedule with over 20 sessions each day organised in 23 tracks covering areas across the discipline, including political institutions, quality of democracy, public policy, human rights, public opinion and political communication, political economy, methodology, and many others.

There were also a number of high profile keynote speakers at the plenary every evening, including Fernando Limongi, Vivien Schmidt, Kathryn Sikkink and Fernando Vallespín to name but a few.

I was invited to participate on a Roundtable on the Brazilian Elections with Daniel Chasquetti as Chair, and Fernando Limongi, Silvana Krause and myself as panellists (the other two panellists were both from Brazil). The first round of the presidential election had taken place a couple of days earlier in Brazil, and my contribution discussed likely foreign policy priorities and actions of the next government (depending on who won). This was a subject of great interest to my Uruguayan hosts.

I also attended a number of stimulating panels over the four days. It was an excellent experience both intellectually and otherwise. Montevideo is a lovely city and its people are among the nicest I have ever met.

Mahrukh Doctor is Senior Lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Hull